Football marathon scores goal for charity

HITTING THE BACK OF THE NET -- event organiser Jo Hobbs -- DISPIC 11-1684-7

HITTING THE BACK OF THE NET -- event organiser Jo Hobbs -- DISPIC 11-1684-7

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A CHARITY football marathon in Hucknall scored an impressive goal — by smashing its fundraising target in aid of children suffering from cancer.

Rolls-Royce Leisure Junior Football Club staged the event to coincide with their 20th anniversary celebrations.

Hucknall's Clic Sargent Fund Raiser on held at Rolls Rouse on Sunday''Louis Hobbs gets a soaking from Jake Guy

Hucknall's Clic Sargent Fund Raiser on held at Rolls Rouse on Sunday''Louis Hobbs gets a soaking from Jake Guy

Players and officials took part in a draining 12-hour football relay in baking sunshine. There were dads v dads matches and a whole range of sideshows.

The target set by the club was to collect £1,000. But they obliterated that and look likely to hit the £2,000 mark, courtesy of the well-attended event, which was held on the new 3G all-weather pitches installed at the Rolls-Royce Leisure complex off Watnall Road.

Of the total raised, 75% will go to the CLIC Sargeant charity through its Kick campaign, which is a football-themed initiative aimed at raising more than £150,000 nationally for ill youngsters.

The other 25% will go to Rolls and provide a boost for the club’s 11 junior teams, who range in age from under-sevens to under-16s.

Rolls Junior FC chairman Andy Corah said: “The whole day was brilliant, and I would like to thank everyone who went along and took part.

“The weather was glorious and we got sunburnt! But it was all worthwhile.

“Special credit goes to Jo Hobbs (secretary of the under-9s) because she was the main organiser.”

A big boost to the fundraising came from the highly-competitive dads’ matches, which saw 60 players stumping up £5 each to take part, raising £300 alone.

Officials volunteered to be placed in stocks to be pelted with wet sponges, while other attractions included penalty-shootout competitions, target golf, a tombola, an auction, a barbecue and stalls selling cakes and sweets.

There was even a three-legged race by committee members.

As a finale to the day, everyone came together for the poignant running of a lap around the all-weather complex. The lap was lit by torches and lanterns, each of which represented someone who has lost his or her life to cancer.